Entries by INV

7 Deadly Sins Committed by Employers – Workplace Investigations

7 Deadly Sins Committed by Employers – Workplace Investigations Employers commonly make a number of mistakes when dealing with issues of employee complaints, grievances or allegations of misconduct. However, there are ways to reduce the potential of costly lawsuits, industrial action and an unhappy workplace. Employment lawyers are often asked to advise on workplace issues […]

What is Bullying?

Could you identify a bully in your workplace? What is Bullying? ‘Workplace bullying means any behaviour that is repeated, systematic and directed towards an employee or group of employees that a reasonable person, having regard to the circumstances, would expect to victimise, humiliate, undermine or threaten and which creates a risk to health and safety.’ […]

Social Networking Sites – Dangers for Employers and Employees

New workplace legislation has made online social networking communication between work colleagues more dangerous for employers. These days, more employees have easy access to email and the internet. It has become a social trend to participate in social networking websites such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and YouTube. An ‘adverse action’ clause in the Fair […]

Sexual Harassment – A Workplace Minefield

What is Sexual Harassment? Sexual harassment is unwanted and unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature. State and Federal legislation make it unlawful to sexually harass another person in the workplace. Sexual harassment takes place when a person makes an unwelcome advance, or engages in other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature in relation to another […]

Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Age Discrimination in the Workplace – Too old to work? Ageism is essentially bias against a person or group on the grounds of age. An ageing society means that greater numbers of older people may want, or need to remain in the workforce for longer periods. However, older people often encounter barriers to full participation in […]

Workplace Investigations – The Employee and the Employer

The workplace is becoming an increasingly challenging environment for both staff and management alike, with grievances and the reporting of allegations of inappropriate behaviour on the rise. Coupled with the rise in regulatory requirements, there are expectations for greater levels of responsiveness, accountability and transparency. Increasingly, organisations are recognising the need to respond to these […]

Recording Private Conversations in the Workplace

What happens if an employee secretly records a discussion he or she is having with you during a performance management meeting? What if they are also recording conversations of other employees without their knowledge or consent? Is the employee allowed to use their smart phone, BlackBerry, iPod or any other small recording device to secretly […]